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77-Year-Old Man Kills His Wife, Then Himself Over Medical Bills They Couldn’t Afford

A Washington man ended the lives of both himself and his wife this week after expressing his concerns in a note about being unable to pay the medical expenses for her ongoing health conditions.

The couple has been identified by the Whatcom County Medical Examiner as Brian S. Jones, 77, and his wife, Patricia Whitney-Jones, 76, PEOPLE confirms.

Shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to the residence near Ferndale after receiving a 911 call from Jones who told the dispatcher, “I am going to shoot myself”.

While on the phone, Jones explained that he had written a “note for the sheriff with information and instructions.”

Despite the dispatcher’s best efforts to keep him on the line, Jones then disconnected the call and said, “We will be in the front bedroom,”.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they set up a perimeter around the house and attempted to intervene for about one hour with a crisis negotiator and loud hailer.

It was sadly too late, however, as officials then used a robot-mounted camera to look inside the home, which is when they located the bodies of the married couple.

Sheriff Elfo said that Jones was found lying next to his wife, both deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

Authorities also found several notes around the home, “citing severe ongoing medical problems with the wife and expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care.”

Two dogs were also found inside the residence, both of which since been turned over to the Human Society for care, as well as a number of firearms that were impounded.

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